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Move county seat

Editor: Since this is an election year, I have one question for those individu­als currently running for office. Why is the Gila County seat in Globe? And why not vote to move it to Payson?

Voting for Hughes

Editor: I will admit my bias up front. I am voting for Michael Hughes as mayor of Payson.

No Incumbents

Editor: I agree with Richard K. Meszar, Ed.D.’s letter in Friday, Aug. 5 edition. I only wish I had written it because it expresses my opinion exactly. No incumbents!

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Home Depot team helps veteran

“Team Depot,” sales associates from Home Depot, recently put in a day of volunteer labor to make a difference in a veteran’s life.

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Too much zucchini in garden – what can a gardener do?

It’s just about time for the annual zucchini inundationini. I’m girding my loins — only, male friends tell me I don’t have loins. Doesn’t matter to me. It still sounds good.

Rude, obnoxious drivers

Editor: Guess what? You don’t have to go to the Valley to find rude and obnoxious drivers. They are here and alive in Payson. It seems that almost every day you can see them running red lights, ignoring stop signs and speeding.

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Tonto Basin fuel snafu

Mistake at the pump puts engines at risk

If Tonto Basin residents purchased diesel at the Tonto Basin Marketplace during the first week of August and their vehicle is acting strange — get it to a repair shop immediately.

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Effective ways to reduce asthma attacks

Asthma is one of three conditions that are considered a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The other two are emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Vote for Evans

Editor: We have a rare opportunity to get better, much better representation for our Rim Country

Trails deteriorating

Editor: It was a beautiful Saturday morning so I took an early horseback ride on the trail that runs from the end of Phoenix Street.

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Children having a rough time in Arizona

Terrible ranking for kids

Kids have it rough in Arizona — especially if their folks aren’t rich. Arizona ranks near the bottom nationally on a host of measurements of child welfare, in a national study released this week by WalletHub.

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Get acquainted with the facts about lung cancer

One of the more prolific and leading causes of cancer-related deaths among both men and women, lung cancer continues to affect the lives of millions of people each year.

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Payson man defrauded insurance

A man who filed false claims with his insurance company for years wound up on probation Friday, but might have to pay back as much as $250,000.

What do we do about Tia’s terrible fall?

She nearly beat it — the addiction, the despair, the spiral of destruction. Tia Cheri Nottingham went to prison in 2004 for selling drugs.

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‘Truly heartbreaking’ case

A woman who once worked as a drug counselor helping others overcome their addictions fell back into her own drug habit in what her probation officer called a “truly heartbreaking” case.

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COPD – lung cancer’s deadly running mate

Lung cancer is the better known of the killer conditions that can result from smoking, but it has an equally deadly running mate — COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Broadband gap becoming serious economic and safety concern

The White Mountains and Rim Country have experienced four major Internet and cell service outages over the last two years that have affected public safety, health services, merchant services and small businesses, as well as caused widespread inconvenience and frustration.

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Rodeo gallops into Payson

The 132nd Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo returns to Payson this week. Gates open for the Women’s Professional Rodeo barrel racing and more at 5 p.m. Thursday. Admission is a can of food for area food banks.

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Preschool options dwindle

Recently, another of the dwindling preschool options for Rim Country parents quietly closed — Karen’s Kare Bears.

Rim Country holidays

Back When

Editor’s note: With this column, historian Stan Brown starts a new series. Every culture and country has its designated holidays or festivals to commemorate seasons or significant persons. Holidays also provide breaks in the humdrum routine of our everyday lives.